Wednesday June 3, 2020

The killing by a robot of a suspected criminal highlights the unevenness of technology upgrades

New lethal technology is dangerous - and so are old neglected systems, writes Jane Ruffino

17th July, 2016
A robot similar to the one in Dallas Pic: Getty

Just over a week ago, police in Dallas used a robot to kill a suspect who had fatally shot five police officers and wounded seven other people. Robotic devices have been in use for decades, especially for defusing bombs. However, this is the first time that a robot has been deployed, in a domestic environment, with the intent to kill a specific human.

Whether it can be classified as a ‘killer robot’ depends on how...

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